American professional boxer Mike Tyson, who arrived in India on September 28 to inaugurate a new MMA league, visited India's iconic monument Taj Mahal on Sunday. The boxer, who is visiting the country for the first time, had planned to tour the country and Taj Mahal was on the top of his bucket list.
Prior to his visit to one of the 'Seven Wonders of the World', Tyson inaugurated the Kumite 1 League at the National Sports Club of India in Worli, Mumbai. He met the fighters and addressed the media on the occasion.
The K1 League is India's first global mixed martial arts competition. It is the first MMA league of its kind, wherein players will represent their countries in a team format. The initiative is supported by the All India Mixed Martial Arts Federation (AIMMAF) and World Kickboxing Federation. Along with the Boxing legend, Sheikh Tahnoon, the Prince of Abu Dabi and Mohamedali Bhuwani, CMD of Toyani Industries, also addressed the inauguration event. The league is slated to roll out by the second quarter of 2019. The organizer's flagged off the league with an exhibition bout between India and UAE, in order to promote the eight-team tournament. The Fight Night organized between the two teams at the NSCI Dome in Mumbai.
The heavyweight boxing champion has been creating buzz ever since he landed in Mumbai Airport. Tyson who describes himself to be a fan of Cricket, himself has a huge fan base in India. He received a traditional warm welcome from his desi fans gathered at the airport and honoured him with garlands. Tyson who seemed to be completely attached to the ground while attending the press said that the best boxers. Drawing reference to his career, he said, “I am a slumdog, I grew up on the streets of New York. My ambition was to get out of it, and that’s why I’m here today talking to you. They might still call it ‘slum,’ but I still go back there to see my friends.”